Highland senior Stephanie Horvath has signed a national letter of intent to attend and play golf on scholarship at the University of Cincinnati.

Horvath is a four-year, first-team All-Suburban League golfer and a first-team All-Northeast Ohio selection.

“The combination of academics and athletics are what I liked most about Cincinnati,” Horvath said. “Obviously I looked at a lot of schools but I felt most comfortable at UC with their coaches.”

She also received the Ohio High School Coaches Association Senior Academic Award and is a four-time recipient of the Suburban League Scholar Athlete Award.

Horvath helped the Hornets reach three consecutive Division I state golf tournament tournaments. She boasts an average of 81.9 for 18 holes and 38.6 for nine holes.

Academically, Horvath ranks in the top 10 of Highland’s senior class with a 4.3 grade-point average. She plans to study mechanical engineering at UC.

“This is a great opportunity for Stephanie to attend a school that fits her academic and athletic needs,” Highland coach Mary Becker said. “Stephanie is an excellent student. The engineering program at UC is a first-class program and I’m really happy for her. I know she will have a lot of success down there.”

Firestone’s Meek to Geneva

Firestone senior Sarah Meek will continue her academic and athletic careers at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., as a member of the women’s cross country and track and field teams.

Meek also strongly considered Malone.

“Sarah trains consistently hard and has become a very knowledgeable and confident runner through experience,” Firestone coach Tim Carroll said. “With her consistency, she will be a great college runner.”

Meek, an honor-roll student, finished 24th at the Division I state cross country meet this past season. She became the first Akron Public Schools cross country runner — boy or girl — to qualify for the state championship meet in 11 years.

Meek won City Series and district cross country titles at Goodyear Heights Metropolitan Park in Akron. She placed third at the regional meet at Boardman.

So far this track season, Meek set the meet record in the 3,200 meters at the Crestwood Don Faix Invitational (11 minuts, 15.3 seconds) and at the Stow Reinhart Relays (11:07.3).

Malone snags two golfers

The Malone University men’s golf program announced Kidron Central Christian senior Isaac Haver and Rootstown senior Nevada Lemon have committed to the Pioneers.

Haver and Lemon were each four-year letter winners for their schools.

Recruiting updates

•?Walsh Jesuit baseball coach Chris Kaczmar said juniors Cassidy Brown and Joe Mockbee are receiving a lot of interest from colleges.

Brown is a catcher and right-handed pitcher for the Warriors.

“Cassidy is being recruited nationally as a catcher,” Kaczmar said. “Oregon State, Mississippi State, Boston College, Kent State, Ohio State, Duke, Mississippi and Stanford are just some of the schools recruiting him.”

Mockbee is a left-handed pitcher and first baseman for the Warriors.

“The recruiting process for Joe has started to really heat up,” Kaczmar said. “He is having a great year for us. Most of the MAC schools are recruiting him, including Toledo, Central Michigan and Akron.”

•?Minerva junior strong safety Jake Riley has received scholarship offers from the University of Akron and Kent State University, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

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